Author Archives: Steve Shaw

Steve Shaw
Steve Shaw is the primary content manager for Muscle and Brawn. Questions? Please visit the forum.
Powerlifting Workouts

9 Week Powerlifting Periodization Peaking Workout

powerlifting-workout

This is a 9 week strength building cycle meant for intermediate level powerlifters and strength training athletes. Starting numbers are based upon your current one rep max for squats, bench press and deadlifts, plus the amount of weight you… Read more

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Muscle Building

100 Muscle Building And Fitness Myths

The following are my top 100 muscle building and fitness myths.

1) You need to stick within the rep range of 8 to 12 to gain muscle.

2) You need to use low reps to build strength.

3) There is a magic PCF ratio.

4) You must micromanage your diet with a … Read more

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Training

3 Ways to Train Like a Fool

low reps build muscle

Let me guess…you’ve just flipped through the latest issue of Flex or Muscular Development, and you’re pumped to hit the gym. Your testicles feel swollen like grapefruits, and you’re ready to swole-a-fy yourself… Read more

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Training

Understanding Workouts – Do I Work Traps with Shoulders or Back?

Do I Work Traps with Shoulders or Back?

Traps can be worked with either your shoulders or back. Your traps and shoulders work together on many shoulder exercises, such as the military press and lateral raise.

Your traps are also heavily used … Read more

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Training

Understanding Workouts – When Should I Add Weight?

When Should I Add Weight?

Progression is king in muscle building. To get bigger, you have to add more weight to the bar. Even if you are using high intensity techniques including rest-pause work, slow negative training, etc., you can’t… Read more

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Training

Understanding Workouts: What is Rep Timing

What is Rep Timing?

Some bodybuilding workouts will dictate that you perform reps with a certain speed, or rep timing. For example, you may see a workout that includes the bench press and looks like this:

  • Bench Press, 3 x 6 – Perform with
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Training

Understanding Workouts: Reps and Sets

What are Reps in a Workout?

Reps are the number of times you perform an exercise, or lift a weight. For example let’s look at barbell curls. 10 reps (repetitions) of barbell curls would involve lifting the bar from the starting position… Read more

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